The New Zealand Game Developers Association will introduce a pitch competition for start-up game businesses at its annual conference next month.
The KiwiGameStarter will deliver $10,000 cash, plus software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $15,000 to the winner.
Retiring chair Stephen Knightly explained the competition was the NZGDA and established studios’ way of giving back, along with some sponsor support.
“The games industry has quickly become one of New Zealand’s largest creative sectors and a significant exporter earner,” said Knightly. “Unfortunately existing business startup or creative sector programmes don’t quite suit the nature of games businesses who must compete globally from day one in order to succeed.”
Submissions run to 5 September and must include a playable demo which is not available to the public. Three finalists will be selected to pitch at the NZGDA Conference in Auckland on 19 September.